EUREKA
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 130 min, UK/USA, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

Gene Hackman, Mickey Rourke, Rutger Hauer, Joe Pesci and Theresa Russell are the all-star players in this strange tale inspired by the mysterious 1943 murder of Sir Harry Oakes in the Bahamas. A gold prospector (Hackman) strikes it rich in the Canadian wilderness and then moves to a Caribbean island, where he hopes to live in luxury; instead his reward is misery, paranoia and pursuit by killers. Roeg’s underrated drama recalls his earlier THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH as it explores the isolation of vast wealth.


DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN
1972, Park Circus/MGM, 89 min, Dir: Robert Fuest

Vincent Price returns in the title role, arising from suspended animation three years after the events of the first film and still determined to resurrect his beloved wife. But the ancient Egyptian scrolls he needs to revive her have been stolen by a rival (Robert Quarry), whose team is targeted for elaborately staged death by the diabolical doctor. With Peter Cushing and Peter Jeffrey (in a wonderful comic turn as a pursuing police inspector).


EXCALIBUR
1981, Warner Bros., 140 min, UK, USA, Dir: John Boorman

Director John Boorman’s retelling of the Arthur legend brings the story of Arthur’s court to life via a series of stunning images and rich performances by, among others, Nicol Williamson, Helen Mirren, Nigel Terry, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson and Patrick Stewart.


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